A Northern Territory man charged as part of Strike Force Arctic, cracking down on the supply of illicit drugs in the Shoalhaven, has been refused bail in court.
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Stephen Leslie Thompson, 32, of Tiwi, a suburb of Darwin, appeared in Nowra Local Court on Tuesday, January 10, facing nine charges related to the supply of ecstasy.
Thompson, formerly of Nowra, was extradited from the NT, faces five charges of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, two counts of supplying a small amount of a prohibited drug, supplying a prohibited drug on an ongoing basis and supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
Court papers stated on seven occasions between May 27 and June 14 last year, Thompson allegedly supplied 138.32 grams of ecstasy worth $5260.
Police allege he supplied drugs at various locations around Nowra, including two local hotels, the Postman’s Tavern and Archer Hotel in Nowra, as well as in the car park of Anytime Fitness at South Nowra.
The alleged transactions ranged from the supply of one or two ecstasy pills up to larger quantities including a delivery of 100 pills and another of 350 pills.
Bail was not applied for and was formally refused by Magistrate Gabriel Fleming, with the matter due back in court on March 6.
In other Strike Force Arctic news, three of the 32 people arrested as part of the operation have had their cases finalised.
Roy Raymond Van Teunenbroek, 50, of Worrigee was given a seven-month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of supplying a prohibited drug small quantity.
The court heard Van Teunenbroek supplied 3.5 grams of cannabis and 1.2g of cannabis in Nowra on June 21.
Kayla Anne Hone, 27, of Worrigee escaped a criminal conviction despite pleading guilty to two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, methylamphetamine or ice at North Nowra on July 20 and August 3 last year. She was was placed on a six-month good behavior bond.
Benjamin Allen Hand, 44, was sentenced to six months’ jail after pleading guilty to three counts of supplying prohibited drugs.
Court papers stated he supplied methylamphenatines or ice in Nowra on June 2, June 13 and July 5 last year, with quantities of the drug ranging from 0.1 grams up to 0.4g.
He will be eligible for release on July 5.
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